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In todays society people feel sorry for victims because they are sinned against more than they sin In William Shakespeares play The Merchant of Venice Shylock is at a loss in many ways In the play Shylock loses his family who betrays him Launcelot and Jessica leave Shylock for Christians This makes the reader feel pathos for Shylock because certain Christians in the play are very cruel to him making him loathe all Christians Shylock loses his wealth in the play and is left helpless Antonio takes all of his customers and is the reason Shylock losses half a million ducats Also due to prejudice in the justice system Shylock loses all his possessions to those who deceive him when he dies By the end of the play Shylock losses a lot of his dignity Shylock is treated poorly because he is Jewish The court also forces him to become a Christian Due to the many devastating losses Shylock is a victim rather than a villain in the Merchant of Venice One way Shylock is seen as a victim is through his losses within his family Launcelot wants to leave Shylock and work for Bassanio This hurts Shylock because Launcelot is like family to Shylock When talking about the possibility of working for Bassanio Launcelot tells his father hell take his leave of the Jew in the twinkling 22158-159 Launcelot is saying that he will leave Shylock in the blink of an eye This makes the reader feel sympathy for Shylock because his servant does not seem to care about him The fact that Launcelot is willing to leave Shylock so quickly is upsetting Similarly Shylock loses is his daughter Jessica She abandons Shylock and runs away with Lorenzo the Christian When saying goodbye to Launcelot it is Jessica reveals that she is ashamed to be her fathers child 2316 Jessica also believes that though she is a daughter to Shylocks blood she
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